3D X-ray Microscopy (XRM)


3D X-ray Microscopy for Everyone

Ultimate Ease-of-Use


0.7 m²
A desktop system that fits in every lab
External sample changer
Unattended high-throughput analysis
From scan to result with a single click
Easy operation for QC and routine applications

Just start your analysis

SKYSCAN 1275 – 3D XRM for Everyone

The desktop SKYSCAN 1275 is a real 3D X-ray microscopy power pack, designed for fast scanning of a wide range of samples. Thanks to the compact geometry and fast flat-panel detector the time to result can be as short as a few minutes. Just ideal for QC and production monitoring.


SKYSCAN 1275 comes furthermore with a high level of automation thus providing superior ease-of-use. Simply pushing the button at the control panel starts an auto-sequence of a fast scan, followed by reconstruction and volume rendering. All executed while the next sample is already being scanned.

The optional 16-position sample changer even allows for unattended high throughput scanning.

SKYSCAN 1275 is complemented by 3D.SUITE. This extensive software suite covers GPU-accelerated reconstruction, 2D/ 3D morphological analysis, as well as surface and volume rendering visualization.

Key Features

SKYSCAN 1275 Features

Push-Button XRM

Just insert a sample, manually or automatically, and get a complete 3D volume without any further interaction.
Push-Button XRM includes everything: automatic sample size detection, sample scanning, 3D reconstruction, and 3D volume rendering. Ideal for routine tasks, or operation by non-expert users!
You need full control? No problem, SKYSCAN 1275 offers all features.
Combined with a sample changer SKYSCAN 1275 even works 24/7.

SKYSCAN 1275 Features

Sample changer

SKYSCAN 1275 can optionally be equipped with an external 16-position sample changer to increase throughput for QC and routine analysis.
The sample changer accepts a variety of sample sizes, up to a diameter of 96 mm.
Samples can be can be easily replaced at any time without interrupting an ongoing scanning process. New samples are automatically detected, and LED‘s indicate the status for every scan: ready, scanning, done.

SKYSCAN 1275 Features

In-situ stages

The Bruker material testing stages are designed to perform compression experiments up to 4400 N and tensile experiments up to 440 N. All stages automatically communicate through the system’s rotation stage, without the need of any cable connections. Using the supplied software, scheduled scanning experiments can be set up.

Bruker's heating and cooling stages can reach temperatures of up to +80ºC, or 30ºC below ambient temperature. Just like the other stages, no extra connections are needed, and there is an automatic recognition of the stage. Using the heating & cooling stages, samples can be examined under non-ambient conditions, to evaluate the effect of temperature on the sample’s microstructure.

No external cooling water or special power with no compromise in performance: Designed for the ecological and economical needs of today


Helical Scanning
Cone-beam geometry (top) can cause artefacts when reconstructing horizontal structures in a sample. Helical scanning (bottom) prevents such artefacts with a spiral trajectory during the acquisition phase.

Highlighted Applications


Additive Manufacturing

Additive manufacturing, also commonly called 3D printing, allows the creation of components with complex external and internal structure. Unlike classic techniques which require special molding or tooling, additive manufacturing allows the economical production of both one piece prototypes and large batch production parts. Once completed, confirmation of both the internal and exterior structure is important in ensuring that the component will perform as intended. XRM allows this inspection in a non-destructive manner, giving confidence that a component will meet or exceed specifications.

  • Inspection of internal voids for trapped powder
  • Validation of external and internal dimensions
  • Direct comparison with CAD models
  • Analysis of single and multi-material components

Medical Devices and Pharmaceutical Packaging

Non-destructive inspection of a glass vial sealing

Designing and testing packaging assemblies is a critical task to ensure medicine can be delivered in a proper and safe way to the patient. XRM allows fast inspection for QC in a non-destructive way, giving confidence in the production process and the resulting product’s performance.

  • High-throughput scanning of medical devices for QC
  • Investigate the integrity of pharmaceutical packaging up to a size of 10 cm x 10 cm x 10 cm
  • Monitor and control the quality and alignment of internal metal and plastic components
  • Measure external and internal dimensions, and detect defects


Salt crust formation on Bentheimer sandstone Four absorption – drying cycles, scan after each cycle

XRM enables non-destructive characterization of a wide variety of geomaterials, from small mineral samples up to large drill cores at full-core size.

  • Quantitative analysis of structural parameters, such as grain size, open/closed porosity and connectivity
  • Calculate the distribution of mineral phases in 3D
  • Correlate the sample structure with mechanical properties by apply in-situ mechanical tests
  • Visualize fluid flow, crystallization, dissolution and other processes in porous media

SKYSCAN 1275 Specifications




X-ray source

20 – 100 kV

10 W

< 5 µm spot size at 4 W

Maintenance-free sealed X-ray source

Fast scans for QC, or 4D XRM

X-ray detector

Active pixel CMOS flat-panel

3 MP (1944 x 1536)

75 µm pixel size

Excellent signal-to-noise

Large Field-of-View

Object size

96 mm diameter

120 mm height

Capable to scan a large range of sample sizes

Sample changer


16 samples up to 50 mm diameter

8 samples up to 96 mm diameter

External access

Unattended high throughput

Any combination of large and small samples

Add/remove samples at any time without interrupting the actual scan


W 1040 mm x D 665 mm x H 400 mm

Weight 170 kg

Space-saving desktop system that fits in every lab

Power supply

100-240V AC, 50-60Hz, 3A max.

Minimum installation requirements, a standard power supply suffices


Bruker XRM solutions include all software needed to collect and analyze data. An intuitive graphical user interface with user guided parameter optimization support both expert and novice users. By using the latest GPU powered algorithms, reconstruction time is substantially reduced. CTVOX, CTAN and CTVOL combine to form a powerful suite of software for both qualitative and quantitative analysis of models.

Measurement Software:
SKYSCAN 1275 – Instrument control, measurement planning and collection

Reconstruction Software:
NRECON – Transforms the 2D projection images into 3D volumes

Analysis Software:
DATAVIEWER – Slice-by-slice inspection of 3D volumes and 2D/3D image registration
CTVOX – Realistic visualization by volume rendering
CTAN – 2D/3D image analysis & processing
CTVOL – Visualization of surface models to export for CAD or 3D printing

Service & Support